Maine offers a variety of volunteer opportunities for nurses and other health care providers.
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ANA | Peace Corps | FEMA | Maine Responds | Community Emergency Response Teams | American Red Cross | VolunteerMaine | Trauma First Aide Associates | Maine CASA | CDC Training & Education Site
The Maine Bureau of Health and the Maine State Board of Nursing are collaborating to establish a Maine Nurse Volunteer Corps whose purpose
will be to create an identifiable group prepared to respond to public health emergencies in Maine, whether natural disasters or terrorist imposed.
The primary role of the nurses will be to work in clinics organized to administer medications and/or vaccinations to the people in the State of Maine in an emergency.
Visit the Maine State Board of Nursing site for more information:http://www.maine.gov/boardofnursing/bulletin/bulletin_dec04.htm
In the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake on Jan. 12, many nurses felt the urgent need to jump on a plane and hit the ground in Haiti to help treat and comfort the survivors, but were not sure how to go about it.
ANA, in assisting international and U.S. health relief organizations, put out a call for nurse volunteers. Within days, ANA was inundated with hundreds of responses. Within weeks, it was thousands. Many potential volunteers expressed a desire, almost a plea, to do anything they could to help.
While this inspiring outpouring of compassion speaks to the willingness of nurses to help, ANA continues its longstanding practice of stressing that the best time to become a volunteer responder is before a disaster strikes. The phenomenon of “spontaneous volunteerism,” while noble in intent, can be disruptive and potentially dangerous, rather than helpful. Disaster zones are chaotic by nature, and unstable infrastructure and decreased security can endanger the health and safety of responders.
ANA advocates that the best thing nurses can do is to register with a government’s or non-governmental organization’s (NGO) disaster volunteer registry. These registries are part of the larger response system, and enables responders to know exactly which volunteers to deploy based on the needs of the situation. Volunteers that are part of a registry have specialized training for their roles in disaster medical care, and understand the specialized incident command structure that disaster response agencies employ. Importantly, volunteers as part of a deployed registry are many times ensured a minimum level of security during their mission, and have access to legal protections and workers compensation.
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Links from ANA
Every year, skilled men and women graduate from schools across the country and are looking for an opportunity to volunteer, gain experience within their field, travel, learn a new language and be part of something that is truly extraordinary. The Peace Corps can offer these opportunities to your students through a variety of international programs and projects.
Here are some examples of what current Peace Corps volunteers are doing around the world: http://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=learn.whatvol
Within the field of community health, there are many opportunities to serve: http://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=learn.whatvol.health
Additionally, the Peace Corps also offers qualified volunteers the opportunity to work in the field of HIV/AIDS:http://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=learn.whatvol.hivaids
The Peace Corps' mission has three simple goals:
- Helping the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women.
- Helping promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.
- Helping promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.
Stacey Ann Ferguson
RPCV Morocco: 2005-2007
FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.
DISASTER. It strikes anytime, anywhere. It takes many forms -- a hurricane, an earthquake, a tornado, a flood, a fire or a hazardous spill, an act of nature or an act of terrorism. It builds over days or weeks, or hits suddenly, without warning. Every year, millions of Americans face disaster, and its terrifying consequences.
MAINE RESPONDS is a partnership managed by the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention that integrates local, regional, and statewide volunteer resources to assist our public health and healthcare systems. It is part of a national initiative to train, coordinate, and mobilize volunteers during an emergency. MAINE RESPONDS coordinates verified, pre-credentialed healthcare and emergency response personnel into a single database that can coordinate the need for volunteers across county, regional, and state lines if needed.
Registering as a MAINE RESPONDS volunteer will help ensure that people affected by a disaster will receive the public health and medical care they need. Click the link above to learn more.
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.
For a listing of Maine CERT's click here.
Volunteers are critical to the American Red Cross Blood Services' mission of supplying the safest possible, most reliable, most cost effective blood through voluntary donations. As an American Red Cross volunteer you can help others, gain experience and make friends. Your talents will be used to help the Red Cross to provide blood to people in need. Click the link above to learn more.
To find a Maine chapter near you click here
The members of the VolunteerMaine Partnership are state, non-profit, public and private agencies that have come together with the sole purpose of promoting volunteerism in Maine and meet the needs of the volunteer programs operating locally so they are able to effectively respond to critical local needs. Click link above to learn more
Build the capacity of volunteer programs and their leadership by addressing the four priority needs identified by Maine’s volunteer sector:
- professional development/training volunteer administrators,
- increased sustainability and capacity to meet local needs,
- increased engagement of citizens as volunteers and
- technical assistance for and coordination among volunteer programs.
Trauma First Aide Associates, LLC is an organization of social workers, trauma therapists, nurses, and mind/body practitioners experienced in working with trauma survivors and teaching Trauma First Aide©. We are dedicated to reducing the effects of trauma through trauma education to diverse populations including health care providers, business and community leaders and the public. Our focus is on trauma education, early intervention, and the prevention of secondary traumatization by building resilience in the nervous system.
Click Trauma First Aide to learn more.
Basic 2-Day Trauma First Aide Training Classes
Advanced Trauma First Aide Training Classes
Click here for a list of upcoming conferences and teaching programs
The Maine Court appointed Special Advocate Program (Maine CASA) is a program that allows lay members of the community that are interested in helping children to play a vital role in a child's life. CASA recruits, trains and supports volunteers to act as guardians ad item in Maine's Child welfare cases.
Maine CASA is currently trying to recruit new volunteers. Your membership is rich with resources that would benefit Maine's most vulnerable children and families.
We would appreciate any assistance you could provide with helping us get the word out about this challenging yet rewarding volunteer opportunity. There are children in the child welfare system that need a voice to speak for them.
In that regard, I have attached a copy of a short letter as a brief program description. Click here.
I look forward to hearing from you. Please let me know if I can provide any additional information.
- Our phone number (207-287-5403).
- Click the CASA Logo for a direct link to the Maine CASA website
Tracie L. Adamson, Esq.
Administrative Office of the Courts
Family Division Manager
Maine CASA Director
24 Stone Street, SHS #171
Augusta, ME 04333